Sept. 22: Saturday of the 24th Week in Ordinary Time, Year I

Conrad Dressler, The Sower, 1896

Readings for Mass
First Reading: First Timothy 6:13-16
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 100:2, 3, 4, 5
Gospel: Luke 8:4-15

Jesus said, ‘To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but to others I speak in parables, so that“looking they may not perceive, and listening they may not understand (NRSV, Luke 8:10).”

Let us pray,

Father, your Word is spoken, once and for all, in its entirety, to everyone, in every situation, in every time and place, even from the womb, yet how hard it is for us to understand. We are limited by the very fact that we are created and thus finite. The historical situation limits us, as does sin, the shared sins of humanity and our own personal sins. May we therefore listen ever more closely that we may grow in understanding and, in the life and power that you share with us in the Holy Spirit, put that understanding into practice in our daily lives.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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